Friday’s qualifying for the 5th Annual Winter Showdown at Kern County Raceway (CA) has been canceled due to rain showers. The way in which the starting lineup will be set for Saturday’s $30,000-to-win race has yet to be determined.
The decision to forego qualifying on Friday night was made following a vote by Super Late Model drivers around 8 p.m. PT.
“We wanted to present drivers with the options that we had. One of them was to stick it out tonight, the second option was to put the cars in the trailer and qualify in the morning, the third was to start the race on practice speeds,” said Larry Collins, General Manager of Kern County Raceway. “They were pretty warm to just getting after it tomorrow off practice speeds. We’ll wait and see how tomorrow looks. If the option is there and it looks really good, we’ll qualify them. If not, we’ll line them up by practice speeds and start all the cars.”
Rain began falling at the track just prior to the scheduled Super Late Model qualifying session at 6:30 p.m. PT.
“I just hate it for the guys having to sit around in the rain tonight,” Collins said. “We may have the track for a while but once we start qualifying, you have to get them all in. The worst thing that could happen would be to get three-quarters of the way through and the rain comes back just enough to stop qualifying. Then we’d just have to throw that out the window.”
A decision about how the starting lineup will be set is expected to be made Saturday morning. Regardless of how the lineup is set, the staff at Kern County Raceway is committed to giving it everything they have to complete the race on the scheduled date.
“If the weather is clear in the morning and we see some weather coming in the afternoon, I think we may have to push the start time early by an hour,” Collins stated. “You hate doing that but I don’t want to send these guys home without racing. It might look good all day tomorrow or it may look bad all day tomorrow, but if we have the opportunity we’re going to try to get it in or at least get to halfway.”
Although Super Late Models weren’t able to qualify Friday night, they did participate in two practice sessions earlier in the day. Ty Majeski was fastest in the first practice session of the day, while Jeremy Doss recorded the fastest time in the final one-hour practice session. Doss’ fast lap of 17.473 seconds was the overall fastest lap of the day.
Saturday’s Winter Showdown schedule will include a 75-lap SPEARS Modified Series feature and the $30,000-to-win Winter Showdown for Super Late Models.
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